Alabama Football: Crimson Tide still have plenty to prove

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Alabama football still has plenty to prove this season

We are finished with Alabama football‘s regular season, and the SEC Championship is right around the corner. The Crimson Tide have achieved many goals, but they are not done. They still have plenty to prove.

Alabama has already proven that they can reload with talent. That has been a given during Nick Saban’s tenure, but it reached new heights in 2020. The Crimson Tide lost a Heisman contender at quarterback, and they replaced him with the 2020 Heisman frontrunner. They lost two first-round receivers, and they still have two first-round receivers on the roster. They lost their star right tackle, but the offensive line has what it takes to win the Joe Moore Award.

On defense, Alabama football has proven that young players can get reps. Malachi Moore and Will Anderson have been two of Alabama’s best players, and they are both true freshmen. We have also seen growth from some of Alabama’s sophomores like Jordan Battle and Christian Harris.

It is widely believed that the best team in college football resides in Tuscaloosa. However, the Crimson Tide still have to prove that in the postseason. Fans will remember the hype during the 2018 season. Many said that Alabama had its best team ever, but they fell flat against Clemson in the championship. None of this matters unless Alabama football finishes the season with a win in Miami.

Not only is Alabama trying to prove that they are the best team in college football, but they also want to prove that they are the best team that Saban has ever had. The running back room is deep. The defense is improving each week, and Mac Jones has had a career year under center for the Crimson Tide.

While individual accolades don’t matter, there are plenty of players who are trying to prove things as well. DeVonta Smith has a legitimate case to be the best wide receiver to ever play Alabama football, and he is trying to prove that this postseason. Mac Jones is trying to cement his claim for the Heisman Trophy against the Florida Gators. Najee Harris is trying to boost his NFL draft stock and prove that he deserves to be drafted in the first round.

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The Crimson Tide should be proud of what they have done, but there is still plenty of work to do. Thankfully, this team knows how to get to work.